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Posts tagged ‘religious freedom’

 

Satanic Religious Display at School Prompts Constitutional Debate

A Satanic Pentagram

January 31st, 2017

  A group of demonstrators at Boca Raton Community Middle School would like a teacher who has expressed alternative religious views removed from the faculty. Language Arts teacher Preston Smith has erected a Satanic religious display over the holiday season that features a pentagram and sign declaring “In Satan We Trust” that stands next to Read More


Zika Virus: A New Threat to Religion?

May 20th, 2016

Religion has been a part of American culture since the founding of the nation. It has also been a major point of contention during some of the country’s most volatile periods. One of the most controversial decisions in recent years was Roe v. Wade, which held that women had a constitutional right to decide whether Read More


The Reflection of Religion: LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom

LGBT rainbow flag

May 3rd, 2016

What is the difference between civil hate and criminal hate? Other than the obvious types of penalties, these two forms of hatred are more similar than many people want to admit. Sure, a criminal action typically involves physical bodily harm to a person or their property, but are not a person’s mental and emotional well-being Read More


ISIS and the American Dream: Constitutional Conflict

isis

February 4th, 2016

It seems that we have more questions than answers when it comes to the group that is widely called ISIS. Where did they come from? What do they want? Why are they so angry that they would be willing to kill thousands (or millions) in the name of the nebulous ideals they seem to put Read More


If You Build It: Battle Between Kentucky and Noah’s Ark Builder Continues

December 19th, 2015

In a lawsuit that was filed over the summer, a religious group in Kentucky is claiming that the State owes it money that it had originally promised, but then rescinded. The questions that will be decided during the litigation will call into question one of the oldest disputes in our country’s history: Where is the Read More


The Great Cake Debate: A Gay Marriage Update

Perform a wedding as a ULC minister

May 18th, 2015

Much has happened since two small Colorado bakeries declined requests to make cakes and ended up facing an investigation by the State.  Both owners made the same decision for the same reason as they denied patrons a cake based on their personal beliefs.  What many people may not realize is that the very big difference Read More


The New Religious Freedom Riddle: When does one liberty trump another?

Universal Life Church | Justice and Law

May 15th, 2015

In the beginning, the answer was simple; there was almost no situation in which someone else’s actions were intended to be allowed to impede upon another citizen’s unalienable rights.  That guarantee came with a caveat, however, as the small print to this rule included exceptions for minorities, women and non-landholders.  In fact, when the Constitution Read More


Religious Freedom Extended to Students?

ACLU threatens High School Administration Over Location of Graduation Ceremony

April 24th, 2015

The idea that young students now are being subjected to academic pressures beyond those felt by generations before them is nothing new .  It is common for courses and educational materials to take into account the increase in available subject matter from one generation to another, but one stress factor is unique.  Students in some Read More


Michigan’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Religious Freedom or a Permit to Discriminate?

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

December 17th, 2014

On December 4, 2014, the Michigan House of Representatives passed the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) sparking an outpouring of concern that the legislation will give nothing more than a right to discriminate and a backlash from RFRA supporters that the act is merely a protection of religious freedom.   The Universal Life Church supports equal rights Read More


Wheaton College Sues Obama Administration Over Health Care Law

contraception pills in packaging

July 24th, 2012

Wheaton College is a small, liberal arts college located in the Midwestern United States. It is also an evangelical Protestant college with strong religious views. Last Wednesday, the college filed a law suit, under the auspices of the Catholic University of America, opposing President Obama’s new health care plan mandate that requires all schools, charities Read More